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Opening – Helen Levitt: In the Street

April 25, 2014
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States
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For more than seventy years, Helen Levitt (1913-2009) used her camera to capture fresh and unstudied views of everyday life on the streets of New York City. Roaming through the Lower East Side, Spanish Harlem and other urban neighborhoods, Levitt began her career equipped with a handheld Leica with a right-angle viewfinder that allowed her to remain unobtrusive as she documented life in the city. Only a few years after Levitt took up photography, the Museum of Modern Art selected her work for inclusion in the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s photography department in 1940. Levitt’s meteoric rise within the world of photography was affirmed when MoMA subsequently honored her with a coveted solo exhibition in 1943. Find out more »

Street by James Nares opens

April 25, 2014
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States
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Nares, a native of London who came to New York in 1974, describes Street as “a love letter to my adopted home.” To make the video, Nares shot 16 hours of footage with a high-speed camera that is normally used from a stationary position to capture fleeting subjects, such as hummingbirds and speeding bullets, at a rate of between 500 and 1000 frames per second. Nares reversed the process by positioning the camera to film out of the back and sides of a moving SUV. He recorded his footage in six-second snippets, the maximum length of time that the camera can record at such a high resolution. He then greatly slowed his source material, and edited down the results to 61 minutes of steady, continuous motion—which, if shown in real time, would last only three minutes. Nares’ friend, guitarist and Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore, composed and performed the video’s musical score on a 12-string acoustic guitar. Find out more »
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